Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Jo to Everton on loan... again.

There are strong reports from reputable sources, that misfit striker Jo is again heading off to Everton on loan.

The 22-year-old arrived at Eastlands almost a year ago to the day, at a far more tumultuous time in City's history. The club was still reeling from the sacking of Sven and hiring of Hughes, combined with growing uncertainty surrounding Thaksin's finances.

Ever the megalomaniac, Shinawatra was desperate to make a statement in the transfer market, and showed this by a going on a pointless pursuit of Ronaldinho. Not to be deterred, the Doctor went for the next best thing. Jo. For um, £19million. Yes, pounds. It is not known what Thaksin was actually thinking when he stumped up that much coin for an unproven striker, but in fairness, Jo was superb on both Football Manager and YouTube.

However in real-life, he struggled to make his way in the English game, and for a tall man, he severely lacked physical presence. Highlights of his 2008-09 season were a double against Cypriot powerhouse Omonia Nicosia in the UEFA Cup, and the opening goal in the 6-0 demolition of Portsmouth. Although, even Chad Evans and Gelson Fernandes managed goals against Pompey that day...

Whilst not the worst player to ever play for City, he is by far the worst value-for-money. He does have one fan however, and that's David Moyes. At the end of this season, Jo will have spent a total of 18 months at Everton in two separate loan spells. However, if Moyes loves him so much, how about stumping up a bit of cash and taking him off our hands for good? Please?

If the agreement to send Jo back on loan is part of a deal for Joleon Lescott, then fantastic. If not, the decision to lend a rival the services of a striker without benefit to us is even worse than the decision to sign him in the first place.

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